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Gavin Fortuin

After becoming addicted to drugs at 16 and overcoming that addiction many years later, Gavin Fortuin, 33, is using his experience to prevent youngsters in Cape Town from falling onto the same path.

The Kuils River-born motivational speaker has been clean for seven years and speaks to young people, using all available platforms of media, motivational workshops and leadership camps where they are taught leadership and practical skills to equip them for the world.

Fortuin was addicted to methamphetamine and methaqualone, better known as tik and mandrax, at the age of 16. Following an overdose and popping in and out of rehabilitation programmes, it was only when he was kicked out of his mother’s home that Fortuin realised a change needed to happen in his life.

Since giving up the drugs, he realised that his calling was to empower other youngsters. He went on to study substance abuse related courses at the University of the Western Cape. He has since participated in the Young African Leaders Initiative, founded by former US president Barack Obama, was invited to be a youth speaker in the Parliament, and travels the province and the rest of the country trying to educate the youth.

Connect with Gavin on LinkedIn and follow him on Twitter: @FortuinGavin

Nominated in category: Leadership

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